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Guest Post: 8 Design Ideas for the Ultimate She Shed

Everyone has heard of the famed man cave – usually used for gaming, watching television or hosting drinking nights with friends – but have you heard of the female equivalent, the she shed? If you like the sound of creating your own she shed, try the following design ideas.


If you’re a bit of a bookworm, why not build your own little library? Find – or build, if you’re feeling creative – a couple of sturdy bookshelves and fill them with books and decorative objects of your choosing. Add a couple of comfy chairs, and you’ll be able to while away those lazy afternoons in peace!


If you plan on entertaining in your new shed, why not open your own speakeasy? Stock your favourite snacks and drinks, bring in a few tables and chairs, and decorate the walls with prohibition memorabilia. If you have space, you might like to opt for a pool table so you can challenge your friends to a game.

Bright Colours

Your she shed should feel like your own little oasis away from chores and everyday life, so why not make it feel a little more paradisaical by choosing bright, tropical colours to paint it with?


Instead of going out and spending hundreds on a spa treatment, bring the spa to you! With a foot bath, sink, mirror, and a selection of face masks and other beauty products, you can have your own weekly spa session for a fraction of the cost.

Creative space

It’s fun to get creative every once in a while! If you like to write, furnish your shed with a desk and comfortable chair, while if you like to paint or draw, you might like to stock your shed with easels and your favourite paints or pencils.

Music studio

If you play an instrument, try setting up your own practice or recording studio by way of a she shed. Decorate with your favourite band posters and enjoy playing freely without worrying about disturbing other people with noise.

Comfortable furniture

If you don’t have a particular purpose in mind for your shed, you could simply furnish your space with a comfortable sofa, a television, and a mini-fridge so you can enjoy leisurely evenings away from the house.

Shipping container

Whatever you’re planning on using your new she shed for, why not use a shipping container to start? Shipping containers are perfect for creating all sorts of makeshift rooms – such as a playroom for the kids, an office, or a storage space – and are one of the most practical options for a ready-made shed. Simply get a pre-existing shipping container wired for electricity and give it a fresh coat of paint, and you’ll be well on the way to creating your own perfect little haven.

Everyone needs a break from family or roommates once in a while – and having a designated space to socialise or practise their hobby can benefit men and women alike. Choose your favourite she shed idea and make your oasis a reality!


Harper Reid is a freelance writer from Auckland, New Zealand who has a passion for home and design. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her checking the latest interior design trends. You can find more of her work on her Tumblr.

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